New January 2021 Date for RORC Transatlantic Race

Richard Palmer (right) and Jeremy Waitt were the first ever two handed team to win the Trophy for overall victory. © Arthur Daniel
Richard Palmer (right) and Jeremy Waitt were the first ever two handed team to win the Trophy for overall victory. © Arthur Daniel

Rather than racing some 3,000 miles across the Atlantic in time for Christmas, the 7th annual RORC Transatlantic Race will leave just after the New Year on January 9, 2021. This date change is the most significant of several subtle changes the RORC is making to its Season Points Championships, which includes making the Rolex Middle Sea Race the first points race in the Championships, not the last. However, unchanged is the RORC Transatlantic Race’s start from the Calero Marinas in Puerto Calero, Canary Islands, and finish at Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina in Grenada. 

“The RORC Committee felt that having the Rolex Middle Sea Race as the first race in the Championship would encourage more owners to use the Autumn/Winter season for adventure sailing and include the RORC Transatlantic Race and RORC Caribbean 600 in their program before returning to the UK in the spring,” says Chris Stone, RORC racing manager. “We also felt that starting the RORC Transatlantic Race in January provides more time for boats to get from Malta to Lanzarote, and we also know that the trade winds are further north and more consistent at that time.”

Andrew Garland, business development manager at Camper & Nicholsons Marinas adds, “After 3,000nm of hard ocean racing, we are proud to offer one of the warmest and most genuine Caribbean welcomes to all the skippers and crews taking part. We are extremely excited to be working with the team at RORC to deliver another successful race finish for 2021.”

The 7th edition of the RORC Transatlantic Race also welcomes a new supporter: Silversands Grenada, which will host the prize-giving. This new 5-Star 43-room hotel is on the northern end of famous Grand Anse Beach with a perfect view of the race finish. www.rorctransatlantic.rorc.org

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Carol M. Bareuther, RD, is a St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands based marine writer and registered dietitian.